USGBC recently released the State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report, demonstrating that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities.
The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school infrastructure and focuses on 20 years of school facility investment nationwide, as well as funding needed moving forward to make up for annual investment shortfalls for essential repairs and upgrades. The report also proposes recommendations for investments, innovations and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools.
“It is totally unacceptable that there are millions of students across the country who are learning in dilapidated, obsolete and unhealthy facilities that pose obstacles to their learning and overall well-being.”
– Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC
- compares historic spending levels to the investment that will be needed moving forward to maintain today’s school building inventory, revealing a projected gap of $46 billion.
- found that the federal government provides almost no capital construction funding for school facilities, and state support varies widely. Local school districts bear the heaviest burden.
- highlights the need for better facilities information at the local, state, and national levels. It has been more than 20 years since the federal government completed a comprehensive assessment of school facilities; at that time, more than half of U.S. schools had indoor air quality issues.
- found that communities have been doing their best to address their schools’ conditions, but need additional support and more equitable funding.
- identifies four key strategies for addressing the structural deficits in the K-12 public education infrastructure.